Thursday, January 10, 2013
1:30-3:30 p.m.
MassDEP Headquarters
One Winter Street
Boston, MA

MassDEP is seeking stakeholder comments and feedback at the meeting on the following recommendations and proposals for Stage I and II Program changes.


  1. Welcome & Introductions Nancy Seidman, MassDEP
  2. Review of MassDEP Recommendations (1:35-1:45) Eileen Hiney, MassDEP
  3. Stakeholder Comments/Presentations (1:45-2:45):
    • John Quinn, Mass Petroleum Association
    • Barbara Kwetz Allen, American Lung Association of New England
    • VST Systems
    • Peter Romano, Independent Oil Marketers Association (IOMA)
    • Tech Environmental (for IOMA)
  4. Discussion of Issues (2:45-3:25):
    • Identified in MassDEP Recommendations and others raised in stakeholder comments/presentations.
  5. Next Steps:
    • February - Issue preliminary regulation for review at a stakeholder meeting
    • April - Propose draft regulation for public hearing
    • July - Goal for final regulation promulgation
  6. Adjourn

Recommendations for Stage II

  • MassDEP recommends eliminating Stage II requirements for all gasoline dispensing facilities (GDFs) by regulation. We plan to propose regulations in the first quarter of 2013, with the goal of regulatory promulgation in July 2013.
  • A GDF that removes or discontinues operation of its existing Stage II system must decommission its entire Stage II system in accordance with all applicable steps listed in the Petroleum Equipment Institute Recommended Practices for Installation and Testing of Vapor Recovery Systems at Vehicle-Fueling Sites, PEI/RP300-09, Section 14, Decommissioning Stage II Vapor Recovery Piping.

Issues for Discussion:

  • Should MassDEP set a date by which all GDFs must decommission Stage II systems (vs. just being allowed to decommission once regulation is effective).

Recommendations for Stage I

Stage I Enhanced Vapor Recovery

  • MassDEP recommends that all GDFs with annual gasoline throughput greater than 500,000 gallons be required to install CARB certified Stage I Enhanced Vapor Recovery (EVR) systems by July 2017.
  • After the effective date of the regulation, Stage I EVR will be required for any GDF that meets the throughput threshold and is: (1) a new GDF or (2) a GDF that excavates below a shear valve or tank pad.

Issues for Discussion:

  • Benefits and costs of CARB-certified Stage I EVR systems (under five CARB Executive Orders).
  • Benefits and costs of CARB-certified Stage I EVR components (mix and match) vs. systems.
  • Benefits and costs of a CARB-Stage I EVR PV vent valve with existing Stage I (non-EVR) systems.
  • Threshold for exempting facilities.
  • Timeframe for phase in for all GDFs.
  • Annual certifications and fees for Stage I EVR.

Vapor Monitoring

MassDEP is considering requiring vapor monitoring systems for GDFs with an annual gasoline throughput of greater than 1.2 million gallons.

Issues for Discussion:

  • Benefits of monitoring if Stage I EVR is in place.
  • Benefits of monitoring without pressure management.
  • Lack of CARB certified monitoring systems for Stage I systems without Stage II.
  • Costs of monitoring systems.
  • Implementation of a monitoring program.

Pressure Management

MassDEP is not recommending that GDFs be required to install pressure management systems at this time.

Other Measures

Low Spillage Nozzles

MassDEP received comments that when Stage II is removed we should require nozzles that are as good as Stage II nozzles, and preferably better. We are considering whether to require phase-in of upgrades to nozzles and, if this is required, what would be a reasonable date for implementation (e.g., 2017).

Issues for Discussion:

  • Benefits of existing Stage II nozzles (which will be removed) vs. conventional (non-Stage II nozzles).
  • Cost of improved nozzles.
  • CARB is considering a proposal for low spillage non-Stage II nozzles for fleet facilities in mid-2013. Executive Order expected in 2014.
  • Availability of nozzles that meet a performance standard prior to CARB certification of equipment.

Low Permeability Hoses

MassDEP received comments that we should consider requiring upgrades to hoses. We are considering whether to require a phase-in of low permeability hoses and if this is required, what would be a reasonable date for implementation (e.g., 2017).

Issues for Discussion:

  • Benefits/costs of low permeability hoses
  • CARB adopted regulations in 2011 requiring low-permeability hoses. CARB certification of hoses expected in 2013.